When should carpets be replaced?
On average, you should replace low quality carpets every 2-4 years, medium quality carpets every 5-8 years and the highest quality carpets every 10-15 years. However, external factors such as the amount of exposure to traffic will play a big part in the lifespan of your carpets.
Whilst there is no set rule that dictates when your carpets will need replacing, there are certain guiding factors that you should consider when making your decision.
You can see the threads
This is particularly a problem in carpets with short fibres and occurs when the carpet wears down so much that the threads of the backing material begin to show through. This results in a patchy and unattractive overall appearance that cannot be remedied by any other method other than replacing your carpet.
If your carpet appears lighter in some areas than others, then the fibres may have become bleached by the sun over time. This results in uneven colouring across the surface of your carpet, which can make it appear dirty. If you’ve carried out extensive cleaning and still notice the same colour difference, then you know that your carpet has faded irreversibly and requires replacement.
Your carpet smells bad
Unfortunately, carpets are very adept at retaining bacteria, pests, dust and debris within its fibres, all of which can result in bad odours. Over time, these allergens and dirt are pushed deeper and deeper into the carpet, making them difficult to remove even with a deep clean. If you’ve already tried cleaning your carpets and notice that they still smell terrible, then it’s time to replace them.
Still haven’t managed to get rid of that red wine stain from last Christmas? The longer you leave a stain, the more ingrained it becomes in the carpet and the harder it is to remove. Some stains are simply impossible to remove entirely, no matter what you do. In these cases, replacing your carpet is the only sure-fire way to get rid of your stubborn stain!